Health Information Technology ( Hit )

1752 Words Nov 24th, 2015 8 Pages
Health Information Technology (HIT) has a range of technologies that manages and shares patient information electronically without the use of the paper records. The value of HIT to change health care delivery has been recognized and as it has many new opportunities to improve patient care and safety as well as efficiency and data collection.
Although studies have shown the positive aspects of HIT, its practical value remains unknown. An important barrier is its cost: who should pay? Providers have to bear most of the cost of using it and most of the savings is passed to others like insurers, patients and governments. Another barrier is protecting patient’s privacy. Once patient information has been stored electronically, only those who are authorized to use it should have access to it.
In this paper, I will outline the pros and cons as well as issues such as safety, cost, security and other topics that relates to the Health Information Technology.

Introduction Health information technology (HIT) has been welcomed by many for its value to increase the quality and safety of the U.S. healthcare system. Only about 17% of doctors and 10% of hospitals in the U.S. are using this technology. As the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) act of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) offer billions of dollars in extra Medicare and Medicaid payments to doctors and hospitals who implement and achieve meaningful…
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